Can David Starkey be called a historian?

David Starkey should not be referred to as a historian when he makes media appearances as a pundit on matters outside his area of expertise because it brings the “profession into disrepute”, according to a letter signed by 100 of his peers. In the letterĀ in today’sĀ Times Higher Education, academics criticise the “reductionist argument” made by […]

In Defence of History (Richard Overy)

“Beset by the twin pressures of democratisation and ‘impact’, the study of the past faces an uncertain future. Richard Overy analyses the threats and offers hope that history will triumph It is the year 2050. A bright young sixth-former is discussing her choice of university course with her grandmother. She is considering a degree in […]